Prosthetics: The Future Seminar

Patients and technical experts gave hands on practical demonstrations at Proactive Prosthetics seminar, entitled Prosthetics the Future, at their Surrey based clinic on Friday 25th November 2011.

The aim of the seminar, which was accredited by APIL with 6 hours CPD, was to give some practical insight into the rehabilitation of amputees and the role of professionals involved, with a focus on the new technology and techniques now available to patients.

The seminar included a look at new generation prosthetics by Blatchford with demonstrations from Ossur Power Knee and Otto Bock Genium. British 2012 gold medal Paralympic hopeful Stefanie Reid talked about her journey to becoming a professional athlete, clinical specialist John Sullivan gave an update on Osseo-integration and orthopaedic surgeon Mr John Angel imparted his many years of experience and expertise in amputation surgery.

The day also included physiotherapy demonstrations with patients, artist and silicone expert Sophie de Oliveira Barata on state of the art silicone covers before concluding with a discussion on the future of medico-legal claims for amputees by William Latimer-Sayer, Cloisters.

One delegate commented “All the patients were truly inspirational and it was an amazing opportunity to speak to them and learn about their real life experiences and how they overcome their difficulties.” Another added “The concluding talk on medico-legal claims was one of the most interesting, relevant to my role and pitched at a good level with clear concise information.”

Paralympic athlete Stefanie Reid said, “It’s not often you get the opportunity to talk to the legal teams who are instrumental in ensuring the level of care you receive in such an open forum. Clinics like Proactive Prosthetics work with the latest technologies and engineering available, allowing people like me to pick up my life and get on with it.”

Richard Nieveen, Director of Proactive Prosthetics, comments: “We were delighted to attract so many leading law firms to the seminar and encouraged by the level of engagement from participants and delegates during the day. We had excellent feedback and plan to hold similar seminars in the future.”